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Shetland Nature Festival Programme Launched

Published: 12 June 2019

The Nature Festival was established by the Amenity Trust in 2007 as a celebration of Shetland’s fantastic and unique natural heritage.  Working with local businesses and organisations it has grown over the years into a popular week long event with something for everyone.  From guided walks to coasteering, family activities to workshops, and open days and exhibitions all with a natural theme.  The festival is also an opportunity to celebrate Shetland’s remarkable landscape and geology, recognising its status as a UNESCO Global Geopark.

Ruth Mackenzie, Chair of the Amenity Trust said, “The team have put together an incredible programme of events that will attract people of all ages and interests.  Shetland’s natural heritage, landscape, and wildlife truly is outstanding and there is so much discover and explore.  It is great to see so many businesses, community groups and organisations coming together to put on such an array of events.”

Events cover a broad spectrum of our natural environment from learning about wildlife and marine ecology to our geology and soils, history, archaeology, botany and simply getting out and embracing the outdoors.  There are a range of outdoor activities to choose from as well as lectures, exhibitions, and guided walks with the experts.  Whether you want to search for ‘mini-beasts’, try your hand at kayaking, experience ‘mindfulness’ in the outdoors, or find out about the last Sea Eagle in Shetland the programme has something for you.

The programme of events went live on the website this week and copies of the programme can be picked up from any Shetland Amenity Trust venue.  You can book spaces on events online, on the phone or in person at the SAT offices at Garthspool and at Shetland Museum and Archives.  For more information see www.shetlandamenity.org/shetland-nature-festival or call 01595 694688 

Shetland Nature Festival is just one of the festivals organised by the Shetland Amenity Trust each year.  Shetland Boat Week (5th – 11th August) has also launched its programme this week and the 10th year of Wool Week (28th Sept – 6th Oct) looks set to be bigger than ever.